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Atty. Simplicio published the following advertisement in a local newspaper: “Annulment of Marriage, Competent Attorney, Reasonable Fees, Call 221-2345.”
A Justice of the Supreme Court saw the advertisement and thereafter called the attention of his colleagues. The Supreme Court directed the Bar Confidant investigate the matter. When directed to explain why no disciplinary action should be taken against him for the improper advertisement, Atty. Simplicio contended that: (a) the advertisement was not improper because his name was not mentioned; and (b) he could not be subjected to disciplinary action because there was no complaint filed against him.
Rule on Atty. Simplicio’s contentions. (4%)